Originally Posted by DarthSka
Let me revisit something I've brought up before, though: Phil, Pop, Riley, other heralded coaches always had NICE rosters.
Realistically, what do you think the ceiling would be for this roster coached by PJax?
Pop drops everything, wants the challenge of a complete rebuild. How good are we next year then?
With this roster. Injured & aged Kobe. Fresh & recovering Randle. Wack Young. Everything.
Do you think that part of top tier coaching includes revamping the roster to a higher quality? "Alright, he's out, he's out, he's out, and he's skating on thin ice. Who's available? Ok, I like him, him, and let's see if we can work something out for him. If not, no biggie. Alright, make it happen. I'm going down to the practice facility now."
This is why I really think PJax's 2005-2006 was his best job at coaching.
Why do I say this? He came back for his second coaching stint with a horrible roster built around Kobe with: Smush Parker, Chris Mihm, Kwame Brown, Luke Walton, and Odom.
Yes he and the Lakers didn't win a championship that season. But the fact he somehow got that team into the playoffs that and also mainly due to Kobe playing out his mind and carrying that Laker team that season was an incredible coaching job.
I honestly don't see any other high profile coach like Poppvich, Riley or someone else being able to coach that team in a loaded western conference into making the playoffs.
The knock on PJax was that him and the triangle offense wouldn't work with 2 superstar players on teams that he coached.Edited by MR J 858 - 5/15/15 at 7:10pm